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Day 17: Smart Enough to Keep Learning

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is STUDY. Go!

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//  I love the quote that says,

“Educating yourself does not mean that you were stupid in the first place; it means that you are intelligent enough to know that there is plenty left to learn.” ~ Melanie Joy

My friends, just because you are tired, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t learn SOMETHING. Studying and learning is what keeps you fresh and inspired. Believe me, there is nothing inspiring about cooking, cleaning, and laundry. Those chores NEVER end, and they rarely satisfy (although there is something beautiful about a freshly folded closet).

But the point is… We MUST keep learning! We MUST keep studying!

Why?

  1. Because it’s good for us―it keeps us young!
  2. Because our kids like it when we learn―it makes them proud of us!
  3. Because it inspires them to also learn!
  4. And “Just Because I Said So!” (This is a month dedicated to Mom Advice, after all.)

So, TODAY WAS A BIG DAY FOR ME! I didn’t really tell many people, but today I wrote my

Grade 8 RockSchools Vocal Exam

(that’s why I’ve been so absent lately, and why yesterday’s post just got published an hour ago)

exam-picI’ve wanted to do it forever but was either too busy or too scared to try. This year, with Raelynne leaving for school, and me deciding that I needed to “GET A LIFE,” I finally went for it!

Yes, it was flippin’ hard, and I worked my butt off to get to this place, but IT’S DONE! And regardless of the outcome, let me tell you…

I FEEL SOOOOO PROUD OF MYSELF!

To make the day even more special, I shared the accomplishment with Rachel who wrote her Grade 3 Vocal Exam and David who wrote his Grade 3 Electric Guitar Exam! How special is that?!

Here’s a picture that was taken of us just after our exams…

Actually, I FEEL SOOOO PROUD OF ALL OF US

Bucket List:  “Finish Grade 8 RockSchools Vocals exam”…. CHECK! ♥

Now, to sleep.

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To read more of 31 Days of Mom Awesomeness, click here.

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For more information on the Write 31 Days challenge, check out Christina Hubbard’s site!

My Manifesto of Motherhood

manifesto-1As yet another dear friend waits with bated breath for the arrival of her precious little girl, I lay here reminded. Oh, am I reminded. In fact, I should be sleeping peacefully for two hours already, but the memories keep rolling over me. I have had such a wealth of love and experience in my journey as “Mom.”

  • Was I the perfect mom? Not a chance.
  • Do I deserve a trophy for “MomAwesomeness”? (Ooooh, wouldn’t that be nice?! Is there even such a thing?)  No, I’m afraid there will always be someone more awesome.
  • Was I real? Definitely.
  • Did I do my best with what I knew at the time? Absolutely!

If only I could relive those early years with the wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and the healthy dose of ‘perspective’ that I now possess. I’m not ready for teenagers to leave home and head to college! I’ve finally mastered the art of raising toddlers, managing homework, and wading through the hormonal years.

So, my dear friends, before the passion lifts and I fall into a dreamless sleep, here’s what I’m brewing about. If I were to turn back the clock and start the MOM-journey again, this is what I would say. This is what I would promise. This is what I believe about parenting… Read more

Five Minute Friday – HIDDEN

Every Friday, I join a special group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the word is HIDDEN! Go!

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Yes, I have Hidden talent – hiding behind a strong and talented husband. Often stepping back and content to let others shine. Why? What are my excuses? Am I simply busy with mom duties? Or more likely, fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Don’t want to compete, so I never voice the desire to shine.

Yes, I have Hidden pain – My kids are growing and leaving home. Why does no one tell you that food will lose its flavour for 3 months when they leave? Hidden pain because I don’t want them to feel bad for reaching for their destiny and purpose. Their success is my hidden pain because I miss them. I miss her. I will miss him next year. But I will hide my  pain because I love them and want the best for them.

Yes, I have Hidden beauty – something I have grown into, gradually. We grow, we learn, we invest. And we value our beauty more and more as we begin to believe in our identity. Oh, that we would all have someone in our life who gently says “Rise up, princess.” Read more